All products irritate my skin, what can I do?

Saturday, 7 March 2015

I am looking for a skincare product that prevents ageing and moisturises my skin. I have dehydrated skin most of the time and need a moisturising product but not too rich a product. I have tried just about every product I can find and most of them have made me break out in a rash, or burnt my skin. Are there good alternatives? What would you suggest? Please help I feel clueless and ready to move to wash with water, apply sunblock and go…


Dr Maureen Allem, skincare expert and founder of Skin & Body Renewal, responds:

“What you are describing is all the tell-tale signs of a skin with impaired barrier function. So basically, in your case, any product you use will cause stinging or burning or sensitivity. So what you need to do is use a hydrating product that is specifically designed to repair your skin’s barrier. There is a fantastic product that I can highly recommend and it is very affordable! The product is called Serra and it is made by a company called Lamelle. You can find this range at any one of our Skin Renewal branches. You will notice your skin feeling very comfortable within about 2 – 3 weeks of using the product.  I would suggest sticking to that product for at least 2 months before you move on to trying anything else (that’s if you want to go back to trying some other actives again?). I’ve had great results with the use of this products on many of our patients who have experienced the same issues you have had.”

Do you have a skincare question for Dr Allem? Ask it here.

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